TULSA - The presence of local, state and federal law enforcement will be increased along the 26.2 mile route for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
The increase comes more than a week after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, which killed four and hurt nearly 180 others.
MORE: Complete coverage of Boston Marathon bombings on www.KJRH.com/boston
Officials with the 13th annual marathon, which memorializes the lives lost in the Oklahoma City bombing, said Wednesday that no large bags or backpacks would be permitted at the race.
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum security director Leon Gillum says handouts will highlight what fans and runners can have at the race. There will also be public address system announcements to remind them to remain vigilant.
"Now we have a process where we're going to have a uniformed officer for them to say something to. So, they're going to be able to take a measured and professional approach," Gillum said.
Gillum says spectators and runners will see a noticeable increase in uniformed officers. Law enforcement will be stationed at all medical and water stops. Participants and fans are told to say something to police if they see anything suspicious.
"I think people can be reassured that there's an overwhelming abundance of resources through law enforcement that would attend to any kind of incident that might happen. They should come, enjoy the race, enjoy the day," he said.
We'll be covering the marathon live from OKC Sunday on KJRH.com and Channel 2. Check out our Oklahoma City Marathon page (http://bit.ly/OKCmarathon) for more information.
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